Woman creates art out of ink pens, paper

John Thompson • Mar 28, 2019 at 10:30 PM

ELIZABETHTON — Sixteen of the area’s artists will be demonstrating their techniques and style Saturday night in downtown Elizabethton at this year’s first Downtown Elizabethton Art Walk, starting at 5. Artists will be posted at each of the 16 downtown stores that will be open until 8 p.m.

One of the artists will be stationed at Jiggy Ray’s Pizzeria. Her name is Audrey Bautz Loveland and she creates art out of ink pens and paper.

Have you always been inspired by and loved art?

“Yes, I have always loved art. I had a grandfather who was an artist. But when I was a teenager I developed doubts about whether I was talented to be an artist. I started making bad grades in art class.”

Loveland was going through the psychological doubts and worries that afflict many teenagers and it affected her efforts. But her love for art found a rock and foundation that helped her recover her balance and that inspiration is as strong as it was when she discovered art 11 years ago, at the age of 20.

Who is the artist who inspires you?

“Thomas Nast.” Nast is considered the “Father of the American Cartoon,” and his cartoons had the power to challenge the powerful political boss of New York City, Boss Tweed, at the time Nast worked as political cartoonist. Nast is also remembered for his drawings of Santa Claus.

How did Nast inspire you?

“I was in my late teens when I first saw 20 of his pen drawings. I thought they were phenomenal.” She said it immediately inspired her to try the pen drawings on water color paper. She knew she had found her medium.

She said the feeling of the pen making its way across the paper was a delightful feeling. She still falls under its spell.

“It is a lot like ice skating” she said. As she continues to work on the drawing, she said she begins to escape from all the everyday pressures and worries that she had as a teenager and now as a young adult. Instead of worries, her mind is soothed by the feel of the ink and paper. She said it is a shame she could not bottle this cure to her own anxiety.

What do you like to draw the most?

“I love to draw animals, I love the fur and the wrinkles. I think wrinkles tell a story. They are earned.”

Her love of animals and wrinkles come together with such animals as a rhinoceros or elephant. “I especially love elephants,” Loveland said.

How did you get involved with Jeanette Hitchcock and Blue River Studio?

“I first came to her back when the studio was over on Armed Forces Drive. At the time, there was no space available, but she looked at my art and told me to come back.” She said that was a year ago this March and she has shown her work in the studio ever since. Loveland said this is the third Art Walk she has worked and she enjoys the chance to meet other artists who work the event.

The Art Walk will start at 5 p.m. Saturday and run until 8 p.m. Participants should start at Blue River Studios, where they can pick up a passport which will be stamped at every shop they customer visits. The passports are then returned to Blue River Studios, where several drawings will be held for prizes donated by merchants.

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